Discover how this traditional-style self build is designed for 21st-century living

brick and render self build house with gravel driveway and garage
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

After years of living in Newbury town centre, Helen and Dan Brown were determined to recapture the character of a period property or barn conversion in their countryside self build. Their new home expertly combines a traditional manor house exterior with bright interiors and flexible living spaces bespoke to their young family’s life.

"We used to live in Australia and when we came home we couldn’t find a home that we really wanted. In the end, we bought a house to renovate at auction and it gave us the buzz for creating something from nothing and achieving a home we loved," begins Helen. "Dan was looking online one day and found a plot of land. When we came to visit on a freezing cold January day we knew it could be amazing." 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.